Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey Honored for Efforts to Prevent Child Abuse
Prevent Child Abuse New York and the New York State Children and Family Trust Fund has honored Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey for its ongoing support of the Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP). Time Warner Cable was one of three corporations to receive the state-wide "Excellence in Child Abuse Prevention 2004" award at the Ninth Annual New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference held in Albany, New York.

During a time of diminishing public funds, Time Warner Cable's financial support of CAPP has enabled the organization to continue its child safety workshop. The workshop, the cornerstone of CAPP's work, uses life-sized puppets to teach children how to recognize, resist and report abuse and reaches 20,000 children each year. Since 1989, CAPP has received a portion of the proceeds of Time Warner Cable's annual holiday children's campaign that donates customer connection fees collected during each holiday season to designated local charities that promote community service, education and child abuse prevention.

Time Warner Cable also provides assistance by producing and airing public service announcements. Additionally, the company helps organize fundraisers who have generated more than $300,000 for CAPP. Founded in 1980, Prevent Child Abuse of New York is the only not-for-profit agency in New York State whose singular mission is to prevent child abuse in all its forms.

 The History Channel Honors Local History Preservation Projects
In May, The History Channel honored winners of the Save Our History program at a National Awards ceremony held at The National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. The Awards honored organizations, classrooms and individuals that demonstrated outstanding commitment to history education and preservation and included cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Working with the White House's Preserve America campaign, the Save Our History program, a national philanthropic initiative created by The History Channel to encourage participants to become actively involved in preserving their community's past through learning and innovative, hands-on projects, kicked off in January 2004.

Winning projects ranged from researching and developing the 100-year history of Tampa's Lee Elementary School and producing a book honoring its heritage to the restoration of old wooden floorboards from the historic Garnier Building in Los Angeles. National leaders who have shown exemplary commitment to historic preservation and history education were also honored during the awards ceremony. Department of Education Secretary Rod Paige, Department of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, and Department of Interior Secretary Gale Norton were given the Save Our History Leadership Award for their dedication to preserving America's treasures for future generations to explore and enjoy.

A total of 55,000 children took part in local preservation projects and utilized the Save Our History education manuals this spring. Interested participants can submit their projects for fall consideration by logging onto the Save Our History Web site. Classroom and community awards will be given annually. Additional information about the national Save Our History program, including a comprehensive school manual containing suggested lesson plans for grades 2-12, and details about working with local preservation organizations can also be found online.

 Help CTPAA Update the Membership Directory
CTPAA is beginning production of the 2004-2005 edition of the CTPAA Membership Directory. In late May, the association sent all current members a copy of their contact information on file and asked for corrections or a response letting CTPAA know the data is correct. If not done already, please respond to CTPAA by June 11. If you did not receive this sheet, please contact Michelle Butler at mbutler@ctpaa.org or 202-775-1082.

 Court TV Produced a Live Webcast on the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Court TV partnered with national leaders, education associations and cable operators across the nation to produce a live webcast Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary: Past, Present and Future to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that led to school desegragation. The webcast was aired live on May 17th, the date of the Anniversary, from Topeka, Kansas, where the Brown v. Board of Education Historic Site was officially dedicated. The webcast has been archived at http://www.magnetmail.net/ls.cfm?r=2707054&sid=187653&m=41737&u=CTPPA&s=http://www.courttv.com/brown and is part of a broader set of initiatives undertaken by the network. Court TV was officially appointed by the federal government's Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission to be the primary media partner for the anniversary commemorations.

The webcast was hosted by Court TV anchor James Curtis and incorporated live coverage of the opening of the historic site with exclusive interviews with national leaders and other related activities. Highlights included coverage of President George W. Bush's opening remarks and live interviews with U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Interior Secretary Gale Norton, former Senator Bob Dole and Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), and Warlene Gary, CEO, National PTA. Host James Curtis moderated a discussion of the decision between high school students in Topeka and 300 high school students from around the country attending a live teach-in at New York University. The teach-in featured plaintiffs and leading figures in the original Brown v. Board of Education suits. The webcast also included a panel discussion on the impact and legacy of the decision, led by Tavis Smiley, and featuring Toni Morrison, Elaine Jones, Harry Belafonte, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Marian Wright Edelman, and Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Also featured was a student debate entitled "Desegregation in Mecklenburg County: Has it worked?" and hosted by Time Warner Cable's Charlotte Division.

In addition to the webcast, Court TV has provided on their Web site a series of free downloadable curriculum units for use by middle and high school teachers as a tool in their classroom discussions of the Brown decision. The site also offers a compilation of useful Web sites and other resources for middle and high school teachers.

 Topics Education & CTPAA Survey Systems on the Changing Role of Technology
CTPAA is working with Topics Education to benchmark the changing role of technology products and services utilized by cable system operators' public affairs efforts. Individuals who participate are eligible to win an Apple iPod Mini.

To compile this valuable information, CTPAA is asking individuals who work in local systems to complete a short, five-minute online survey. Simply click on this link and follow the directions to participate. You may choose to submit your responses anonymously, or include your email address to be entered in a drawing for an Apple iPod Mini! The deadline to complete the survey and be eligible for the drawing is June 30, 2004.

Survey results will be featured in a joint CTPAA/Topics Education white paper published in the fall and distributed throughout the industry. The results from the white paper should help operators determine how others are using technology in their public affairs efforts and additionally help networks better tailor their public affairs campaigns to the needs of operators. Help CTPAA gather this important data by participating in this survey. For additional information contact Brett Pawlowski, Topics Education at 704-358-3198 or Brett@topicseducation.com.

 Thank You Corporate Members!
Join and support CTPAA by becoming a corporate member. For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@ctpaa.org or at 202-775-1083. For membership details, go to http://www.magnetmail.net/ls.cfm?r=2707054&sid=187655&m=41737&u=CTPPA&s=http://www.ctpaa.org/mcorp.shtml.

2004 Golden Benefactors

A&E Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast Cable Communications
Cox Communications
MTV Networks
NBC Cable Networks
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc

2004 Benefactors

ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

2004 Friends & Associates

Bresnan Communications
Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Game Show Network
Gemstar-TV Guide
Hallmark Channel
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association
Insight Communications
International Channel
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Outdoor Life Network
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Encore Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association

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